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By Dr. Greg Fors, DC, DIBCN Board-certified Neurologist Migraines are nasty, intense throbbing pains in your head commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. A World Health Organization report described migraine as one of the four most disabling chronic medical disorders. Migraines are disabling but they can also take everything from you, your work, family life and even your own life. Individuals who suffer migraines are 2 to 3 times more likely to suffer a stroke or heart attack, a review of 21 different studies published in the American Journal of Medicine now confirms this connection. Most individuals do not see migraines as the serious systemic disorder that they are. Most sufferers and doctors focus only on symptomatic relief of the headaches; however, the headache is just one manifestation of this serious brain health problem. It is vital that individuals who suffer from migraines find a doctor who understands and treats the underlying brain health issues and not just suppress the pain with drugs. Recent studies have established the underlying cause of these disabling conditions; scientists call it glutamate mediated neuronal excitoxicity. Simply this means that a neurotransmitter or brain messenger called glutamate is at high enough levels to be toxic to the neurons in your brain. This causes too much excitement in the wrong place at the wrong time, leading to a migraine attack. Therefore, the symptoms we refer to as a migraine headache are the signs that the brain is suffering from this excitoxicity. Here’s what happens inside your brain during a migraine attack. Neurons experience low levels of ionic magnesium along with high levels of glutamate in the synapse causing them to become very excited. Just as in many other chronic brain health issues, there is also a reduced production of energy in the nerve cell. This all leads to an uncontrolled spreading wave of brain hyperactivity causing flashing lights, arterial dilation, pain, nausea and other symptoms. Interestingly, this exact same mechanism occurs in many other neurological disorders. This is why migraine sufferers are also more prone to anxiety, panic attacks, depression, seizures, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. The good news is that there are simple, natural solutions to these killer headaches. You can not only prevent and stop migraines, but you can greatly reduce your risks for these other serious disorders as well. These natural solutions can also reduce your risk for heart attack and stroke! First understand that the devastating symptoms of a migraine are like the red check engine light on your dashboard telling you something’s wrong with your engine. Disconnecting or covering up the light with a piece of black tape will do nothing to determine the underlying reason the light is on. Neither are pain reducing drugs with their dangerous side-effects a good approach to curing or reducing these brain health issues. So, what’s to be done? First, you will need to determine your cellular levels of magnesium. Having a lab test known as a red blood cell magnesium done is the best way to determine if you have a magnesium deficiency at the cell level. Different factors can affect brain levels of magnesium such as diets high in sugar and low in magnesium. Intestinal mal-absorption can also affect levels of this and other vital minerals for your body’s health. In dealing with magnesium deficiency it is important to know that many individuals are sensitive to magnesium, and thus can develop digestive symptoms from it. Therefore, just taking over the counter magnesium supplement may not be enough. These persons may need to use a specialized form of magnesium to optimize absorption and thus, uptake into the brain cell. Next, you then need to greatly reduce your blood levels of glutamates along with reducing inflammation. Again, avoiding harsh drugs can also avoid harmful long-term side effects. Equally important is that any hidden food allergies should be identified through proper laboratory tests. Food allergies can lead to increased inflammation and glutamate levels. These issues and more will all be discussed in detail at my upcoming FREE seminars on Migraines and Tension Headaches. I will discuss natural solutions in overcoming them, including acupuncture, herbs, nutrition and diet. Those attending will also be afforded an individual consultation to discuss their headache issues personally with me. Seminars will be held at 7 PM on Wednesday, January 22 and Monday, January 27, at the Pain and Brain Healing Center. 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â–ş On Jan. 9, 1776, writer Thomas Paine publishes his pamphlet “Common Sense,â€? setting forth his arguments in favor of American independence. Originally published anonymously, “Common Senseâ€? is considered one of the most influential pamphlets in American history. â–ş On Jan. 7, 1959, just six days after the fall of the Fulgencio Batista dictatorship in Cuba, U.S. officials recognize the new provisional government of the island nation. Despite fears that Fidel Castro might have communist leanings, the U.S. government believed that it could work with the new regime. â–ş On Jan. 12, 1926, the two-man radio comedy series “Sam ‘n’ Henryâ€? (later named “Amos ‘n’ Andyâ€?) debuts in Chicago. Freeman Gosden and Charles Carrell, both white, played characters who were two black men from the Deep South. Over the next 22 years, the show would become the highestrated comedy in radio history.

â–ş On Jan. 10, 1961, Dashiell Hammett, author of “The Maltese Falcon,â€? dies. Hammett left school at age 13, eventually landing at Pinkerton’s detective agency. He worked as a detective for eight years and turned his experiences into “hard-boiledâ€? crime fiction. â–ş On Jan. 6, 1975, a crowd of 2,000-plus lines up outside Boston Garden to buy tickets to the rock band Led Zeppelin. Someone pried open the Garden’s locked doors around midnight, and soon hundreds of beer-drinking, bottle-throwing Led Zeppelin fans had the run of the arena. â–ş On Jan. 16, 1919, the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prohibiting the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes,â€? is ratified and becomes law. In 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution repealed prohibition. â–ş On Jan. 14, 1954, Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe marries New York Yankees slugger Joe DiMaggio. The marriage barely got past the honeymoon, and they were divorced 274 days later. In her filing, Monroe accused her husband of “mental cruelty.â€? â–ş On Jan. 13, 1962, comedian Ernie Kovacs, who hosted his own television shows during the 1950s, dies after crashing his Chevrolet Corvair into a telephone pole in Los Angeles while driving in a rainstorm. The Corvair was later made infamous by Ralph Nader’s groundbreaking 1965 book, “Unsafe at Any Speed.â€?

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